I never get tired of trying new foods and looking for different restaurants every time I travel. Paulo and I always take the opportunity to get to know a little of the local cuisine. We also love to eat in places with international influences, showing the diversity of ingredients within the kitchen.
As we are soon going to Russia, our research is focused on that. I have already told you the best restaurants in St. Petersburg, both ordinary and vegetarian, and now it’s Moscow’s turn! The city has incredible restaurants, not only for the food but also for the environment, that’s why I’m so excited to travel there.
Chef Anton Kovalkov is always dedicated to finding new inspirations and producing dishes that suit all tastes. Vegans, for example, also have a reserved space in the Fahrenheit. The menu has very varied dishes, from salads, soups, pasta and other main dishes.
The atmosphere is a mixture of vintage with more modern touches that make the place very beautiful. Ah, the chef uses a lot of seasonal and local products, so it is a great opportunity for you to learn a little about the ingredients of the region. One of the vegan dishes is the quinoa falafel and, for meat eaters, the lamb accompanied with fresh tomatoes, roasted eggplant, chickpeas and cottage cheese is a great option.
The White Rabbit is considered by many people to be one of the best restaurants in Moscow, both for the environment and for the dishes. Whoever enters the place is already enchanted by the wonderful view it has of the city, so try to go there during the day to enjoy the scenery.
Chef Vladimir Mukhin mixes trends in the world of gastronomy with local products and from this fusion come incredible dishes. If you feel like trying more than one of them, you can choose the tasting menu, so you know a little more about the house without overeating. Among the dishes on this menu chosen by the chef are sea urchin and duck caviar with quincan and coffee. Very daring, right?
Eating at Café Pushkin is like being in a period movie, I swear! It has existed since 1999 and all its decoration recreates a 19th century mansion. It is a paradise for those who like antiques and classic and elegant furniture. The restaurant has 3 floors and each has a different theme: the pharmacy, the library and the fireplace room.
Another very cool thing is in relation to the menu. They have a special menu for the different floors. In other words, there is no shortage of food options! Dumplings are among the most ordered and fillings vary widely. You can choose a dumpling filled with salmon as well as a mushroom. This place is perfect for those who want to know something totally different from what we are used to!
Another restaurant with a menu full of Russian food, but with a more different footprint. LavkaLavka works with all organic ingredients, even the meat comes from small producers. In addition to valuing fresh ingredients, they also help individual farmers a lot, so it is a very interesting place to get to know.
Unfortunately they have almost no vegetarian options. However, meat eaters will leave more than satisfied. One of the most recommended dishes is the traditional Russian roasted duck served with smoked sour cream, pickled cabbage and mushrooms.
The Selfie is a project apart from the owners of White Rabbit, so we can already expect good things from this place, right? The ingredients are almost all local and from different regions of Russia. Kursk pork, Crimean truffles and Tver asparagus are some of them.
There is nothing specifically vegetarian on the menu, but a good option in this case, in addition to vegetables, is the porcini mushroom risotto. In relation to the other dishes, the variety is huge and they sell both red meat as well as fish and seafood. For those who want to try preparing Russians with food from the sea, the crab and shrimp ravioli is perfect 🙂
Quite different from the other restaurants on this list, Odessa-Mama is a mix of various cuisines. Among them are Greek, Balkan and even Ukrainian. One of the most requested dishes there, which is known in both Russian and Ukrainian cuisine, is borsch.
Ah, they also sell several options of dumplings, pierogi, in addition to the numerous main dishes with fish and meat. The ambience of the restaurant is cute. They have a more rustic and simple decorating style. Some parts of the place are full of little plants that go very well with the brick walls.
One of the most amazing things about Bjorn is the decoration of the place. The walls are all covered with white or slightly grayish bricks and the furniture is very light wood. This clean and at the same time more rustic atmosphere is reflected in the dishes, which are basically all inspired by Scandinavian cuisine.
If you’ve ever wanted to try Danish food, this is a great opportunity. The main ingredients of their dishes are venison, salmon, herring and cod! For those who like lighter options I recommend fish with spinach, potatoes and mushroom sauce!
There are many different options for Moscow, right? Incredible places with typical Russian ingredients abound, as well as more diverse options inspired by international cuisine! These restaurants are ideal for those who want to have very varied and tasty experiences. Comment here if you know any other must-see place there 😉